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The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each location will have its own $Recycle.Bin and Recycle Bin settings. Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, will not have a Recycle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu using a BAT file


EXAMPLE: Properties in Recycle Bin context menu
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Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows OPTION ONE Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows
Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Local Group Policy Editor

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The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Desktop. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Desktop, double click/tap on the Remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Add Properties to Recycle Bin Context Menu

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. Restart the explorer process, or sign out and sign in to apply.

8. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows OPTION TWO Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows
Add or Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu using a BAT file

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The downloadable .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

NoPropertiesRecycleBin DWORD

(delete) = Add
1 = Remove

1. Do step 2 (thumbnails) or step 3 (classic icons) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Add Properties to Recycle Bin Context Menu for All Users

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Properties_to_Recycle_Bin_context_menu.bat

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 3. To Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Properties_from_Recycle_Bin_context_menu.bat

download


4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Right click or press and hold on the .bat file, click/tap on Run as administrator, and click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker as a command prompt quickly opens and closes, and explorer restarts to apply the registry changes.

8. You could now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn